candlestickwide A Guide to Candlestick Park

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Candlestick Park, commonly referred to as ‘The Stick,’ is the current home of the San Francisco 49ers and seats 69,732 for football games. Candlestick may be replaced by a new 49ers Stadium in Santa Clara as early as 2014.

The stadium is situated at Candlestick Point on the western shore of the San Francisco Bay. Due to its location next to the bay, strong winds often swirl down into the stadium, creating unusual playing conditions. The surface of the field is natural bluegrass.

The stadium was originally built for the San Francisco Giants who played there from 1960 until 1999, with the team moving to Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. The original open-ended stadium was enclosed in 1971 to accomodate the 49ers who moved from Kezar Stadium.


Public Transit

San Francisco Muni provides express and shuttle bus service to Candlestick Park. The Candlestick Park route numbers are as follows: 77X, 78X, and 79X. Muni will continue to operate the 75X express shuttle service non-stop between Candlestick Park and the Balboa Park BART Station. Muni will also continue to operate both the 87 Football Shuttle service to the Muni Metro Line Gilman / Paul Station and the 86 Shuttle between San Bruno Ave./Bacon St. and Candlestick Park. For more information, call 311 (in SF) or 511, or visit

Tri-Delta Transit provides transportation to all 49ers home games. Pick-up points are Brentwood Park-And-Ride, Antioch’s Hillcrest Park-And-Ride, and Pittsburg’s Bliss Park-And-Ride. For pricing or other additional information, visit or call 925-754-6622.

AC Transit covers the East Bay, with connections at San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Terminal. For info, call AC Transit Terminal at 511.

Just take Bay Area Rapid Transit and transfer to MUNI at the Montgomery or Balboa Park Stations (78X or 75X Express). For info, call 511.

Caltrain serves Gilroy to San Francisco. Currently, there is no direct bus service from any Caltrain stations to Candlestick for 49ers games. However, walking distance from the Bayshore Station is approximately 15 minutes. For information, call 1-800-660-4287 or visit


From San Francisco, North Bay
Take U.S. 101 South to Cow Palace, 3rd St. exit. Go left over 101 onto 3rd St. and right on Gilman. Proceed to Gate 5 and follow traffic directions.

From Peninsula, South Bay
Take 101-North toward San Francisco. Continue North on 101 for 6.5 miles to first Candlestick Park exit. Continue on into parking area.

From East Bay
Take 880-North toward Downtown Oakland. Merge onto I-80 W toward San Francisco / Bay Bridge. I-80 W becomes US-101 S. Take the first Candlestick Park exit. Continue on into parking area.

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Parking Prices (subject to change without notice):

  • Interior Lot (Automobiles measuring less than 8’ wide and / or 17’ long, or motorcycles) – $25
  • Exterior Lots (These lots are privately owned and operated and not necessarily under the control of the San Francisco 49ers) – $30
  • RV Lot (RV’s, vehicles with trailers, limos, or any other vehicles measuring 8’ in width and / or 17’ in length or more) – $40
  • Bus Lot – $40


Tailgating is one of the proudest traditions at 49ers games.

Here are a few guidelines to help you plan your tailgate party in accordance with the new parking policy at Candlestick Park:

  • If you and your tailgate teammates traditionally park in the same row or area of the main parking lot, please make sure every car in your party arrives prior to two hours before kickoff.
  • Reserving parking spaces for others is not permitted at any time. If any members of your tailgate team arrive within three hours of kickoff, they will be required to park as directed by the parking personnel.
  • If you arrive within three hours of kickoff, you are still welcome to tailgate within your assigned parking spot in the area directly in front of or behind your vehicle. Once you park your vehicle, you are also welcome to walk to other areas of the lot to join your friends’ tailgate party.

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Attendance is usually high for the 49ers, with many home games frequently selling out. For individual regular-season games you can easily purchase tickets on the 49ers ticketing website.

You should get your tickets early though so that you can avoid wading into the murky waters of the secondary ticket market. If you have no choice but to go this route, use every source you can to make sure you aren’t getting ripped off.

One reliable secondary ticket source to check out is Stubhub. The site is secure and you won’t have to haggle or deal with anyone face-to-face. All available tickets are presented in front of you and can be sorted by price or location.

Sometimes you can also find tickets for sale on Craigslist. Ignore any posts that don’t list the price of the tickets and seem suspicious.


The stadium seats 69,732 for 49ers games.

The 49ers seating and pricing chart is a good place to start to find the best seats for the game.


Behavior that won’t be tolerated at Candlestick Park, based on the 49ers Code Of Conduct:

  • Obscene or abusive language and / or behavior
  • Offensive clothing
  • Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks and / or gestures
  • Intoxication or signs of impairment related to alcohol or drugs
  • Smoking (except in designated areas)
  • Irresponsible drinking or behavior
  • Inappropriate displays of affection
  • Gang activity
  • Any distraction to the progress of the game
  • Excessive standing that obstructs the view of other patrons
  • Throwing objects of any kind
  • Occupying any seat without the appropriate ticket
  • Other actions that cause a disruption and / or hinder the enjoyment of the game for other fans

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There is a full offering of concessions and restaurants. See a full list of concessions at Candlestick Park » Restaurants include:

  • Stadium Club: The Stadium Club is located on the Mezzanine Level, Section 8 and is operated by Union Street Catering. The Stadium Club offers a full bar and restaurant and is open three (3) hours prior to kick-off until one (1) hour after the conclusion of the game. Stadium Club access is now exclusive to Luxury Suiteholders and returning Stadium Club members only. Walk-up admission is no longer offered on game day.
  • Hofbrau: The Hofbrau is located on the Mezzanine Level behind Section 34. It is a self-service restaurant offering fresh carved roasts, sandwiches and complete plates that include salads, beverages and dessert. There is no cover charge and it opens two (2) hours prior to kickoff and serves food up to one (1) hour after the game begins.
  • Extra Point Bar: The Extra Point is a sports bar located on the Mezzanine Level next door to the Hofbrau and is open to the public. There is no cover charge and it opens two (2) hours prior to kickoff and serves drinks up to one (1) hour after the game begins.
  • Gridiron Grill: The Gridiron Grill is Candlestick Park’s premier bar and carvery — featuring freshly prepared Dungeness Crab Panini and specialty sandwiches as well as the Build-Your- Own Bloody Mary Bar. It is located on the Mezzanine Concourse, one level up from the Gate B entrance. It is open to the public on game day two hours prior to kickoff until the end of the 3rd quarter.

Fun Food Fact… In a typical football season the following are sold at the 49ers concession stands and restaurants: 150,000 Hot Dogs and Sausages; 30,000 Peanuts; 45,000 Servings of Garlic Fries; 138,000 Sodas; 53,000 Hamburgers; 14,000 Ice Cream Bars; and 30,000 Lemonades.

The Future Home Of The 49ers

Voters in Santa Clara have approved plans for a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. The election cleared the way for the project to move forward with the goal of opening the facility in time for the 2014 season.

Renowned architecture firm HNTB has designed the new stadium to redefine the game day experience for fans and create the premier, open-air sports and entertainment venue in the world. The stadium will capitalize on its location in Silicon Valley to incorporate innovative new technologies. The unique design features one of the largest lower seating bowls in the NFL, and luxury suites stacked on one side of the field, allowing the upper deck to be closer to the action.

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